The island of Hippocrates
The unique beauty of Kos with the imposing castles, tall palm trees, endless coasts, traditional settlements and cosmopolitan atmosphere justify the description of “blissful island” given to this land thousands years ago by the Ancient Greeks. A valuable mosaic of monuments from the ancient history, the Venetian influence, Italian Art Deco and many more.
A Touch of Mythology
According to the myth Hercules was found castaway in Kos with some of his parties. Eurypylos, the King of the island believed Hercules was a thief and chased him. However Hercules defeated him and placed Chalkonas as the King of Kos, Nisyros, Kalymnos and other neighboring islands. Later, as the remnants of great temples reveal, Hercules was worshipped by the locals.
A modern city full of history
Wander to the walkways and discover the entire archaeological treasure between the modern and contemporary buildings. Visit the Castle of Nerantzia that was built by the Knights of St. John. The castle is a star shaped building with the coat of arms of the Gran Master at its entrance. It is connected with the city through a Bridge located over Phoinikon Street. When you cross the bridge you will reach the Hippocrates Plane Tree, a centenarian plane tree which is deemed to be planted by Hippocrates, about 2.400 years ago. Enjoy the tree’s shade, ignore the banisters holding it and consider its history. Continue your walk to the city with a visit to the Ancient Agora, built in the 4th century b.C. This monument is one of the biggest markets discovered in Greece.
The view of the beautiful tropical palm trees existing along with the antiquities comprises a beautiful image, at the heart of the contemporary island of Kos.
The infirmary of the island
At the slopes of a hill with lush vegetation and magnificent view, few kilometers away from the city, you will meet the famous Asklepieion of Kos. Infirmaries, temples, thermal springs, guest rooms and medical school operated there during the 3rd and 2nd century b.C. It was the third, after the Asklepieion of Trikki and Epidavros, most significant Asklepieion of the ancient world.
Travel through time, meeting an atmospheric abandoned settlement!
Pyli village is divided in two sections, Palio Pyli and Kato Pyli, where the entire village’s life is gathered. In Palio Pyli, at the top of the hill there is the byzantine castle since the 11th century. There are two paths from that point: one path leads to the castle and the other to a small traditional café. The hill climb, even though it is quite hard, it is rewarding! The view is magnificent: from one side there is the old castle and from the other side an observatory, while you can see Kalymnos at the back! The walk in nature, the smells and the freshness of trees, combined with the panoramic view create a unique place!
A stop at the picturesque village Zia, next to Pyli is worth visiting! The mountainous side is famous for its sunset and the magnificent view to Kalymnos, Pserimos and the coasts of Asia Minor. Enjoy a unique walk to the alleys and small shops of the settlement. Don’t miss visiting “The Positive Shop”, a small gallery, a shop painted with vibrant colors that fully justifies its name.
Exotic birds and peacocks
The forest of Plaka is a natural park with peacocks and various species of exotic birds, turtles and some squirrels. A park full of pine trees, a spring with clean fresh water and various paths for endless walks. Visitors will experience a unique relaxing and peaceful experience, since the sound of nature will enchant you. Birds are friendly and may easily approach you to feed them. An excellent spot for picnic lovers.
Agios Stefanos: the ideal combination of nature and culture!
In the road to Kefalos three small bays suddenly emerge! When you see them from above, you will immediately want to dive in those crystal waters. You will find a pleasant surprise when you arrive: ideal combination of nature and culture! Ancient remnants of a temple right next to the sea.
The beauty of the landscape is completed by the view to the island of Kastri located in the Bay on which the church of Agios Nikolaos is located. If you want to explore the island from close, you can reach it by boat or even swim!
Access is made through an unmade road which passes through hotel Ikos Aria.
Things to do
Marbles and mosaics are found in Casa Romana. It is known for its size with 36 rooms and its luxurious decoration. It was probably the residence of some wealthy officer in Kos. The entire building is stretched around three atriums, with excellent decoration with floor mosaics representing mainly animals or seabed images. On the west of the Casa Romana, you will meet the Roman Odeon one of the most significant historical monuments of Kos.
Get ready for an exciting escape to swimming pools, water slides, rivers and waves. A great place offering a variety of activities for all ages. It is equipped with all the required facilities that will make your visit memorable!
- Kamari: one of the biggest beaches of Kos. Thin sand, blue waters. Organized beach with tavernas and water sports facilities.
- Limnionas: about 43 kilometers away from the city of Kos. A beautiful small bay with blue waters and gold sand.
- Kochylaki: on the north side of the island, 5km. away from Kefalos. Known for its great waves and sandy beach. An ideal choice for Kite Surfing lovers.
- Paradise: 6 kilometers gold coastline with clear waters and verdant background on the surrounding hills. A magnificent landscape 7km away from Kefalos.
- Cavo Paradiso: crystal blue waters, thin gold sand and no human intervention, with few umbrellas and sun beds provide a landscape of wild beauty.
- Kamila: small beach on the south part of the island. Ideal for moments of relaxation below the shade created by rocks.
- Mastichari: white sand and turquoise waters. 22 km. away from the city of Kos. Half side is organized and the other half is not. It is also ideal for wind and kite surfing.
- Akti Zouroudi: the most popular, sandy beach with restaurants, cafes and beach bars.
- Kardamena: magnificent landscape and blue waters! Located at a short distance and offering choices for water sports, food, coffee and drinks.
Local delicacies & products
- Posia – Krasotyri cheese
- Katimeria (fried dough rolls filled with fresh cheese)
- Pitaridia (lasagne boiled in meat broth)
- Pasa makarouna (pasta with minced meat and cheese, similar to pastitsio)
- Stuffed zucchini blossoms
- Pork with thick bulgur
- Tomato spoon dessert
- Baklava and syrup desserts in Tsivrinis
- Souvlaki in Lampros